The Australian Government has launched a $40 million funding drive to create a free electronic school in the country’s capital, a project that has drawn national interest and will create more than 50 jobs in the process.
The project will be funded by the Australian Government’s Strategic Australian Education Fund (SAEF) and will be led by the University of Technology, Sydney, which is building a new centre in Canberra to house an electronic classroom.
The SAEF aims to create free, online, high-quality education for all students and is one of the countrys largest education funding programs.
This year, SAEF announced funding for the first of two centres in Canberra.
Key points:The project will see up to 50 students enrolled at the university-run centre in the capital of Canberra as well as in regional areas across AustraliaThe SAIF is set to receive funding of up to $40m to help develop the digital classroom projectThe school is to be funded entirely by SAIFThe Australian Government will receive up to 10 per cent of the total cost, or $8m, of the digital school projectThe first of the two digital classrooms will be built in the heart of Canberra in the coming months, the university said on Tuesday.
The first of 10 classrooms will open to the public in 2021.
“This project will create jobs, improve education outcomes and increase economic competitiveness,” SAIF chief executive Chris Taylor said.
SAEF has already committed up to 30,000 Australian dollars to build and operate a new facility in Canberra that will house an all-digital digital classroom for students.
Students enrolled at SAIF’s Canberra campus will also be able to use the SAIF online school, which has been designed to provide students with the same opportunities as at a traditional school, while also offering access to a wider range of learning materials.
The digital classroom is expected to be a part of a $3.2 million funding package for the project, which includes $2.2m for a high-performance computing centre, $1.2M for an education management centre and $500,000 to support an online education service.
More to come.